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Top Cranston Police Gave Thousands to Fung

Friday, January 10, 2014

 

A GoLocalProv investigation into the campaign contributions of top Cranston police officers and their immediate family has uncovered that at a third of the commanding officers in the department have given thousands of dollars to Cranston Mayor Allan Fung since 2008.

While other city Mayors in Rhode Island have pledged not to take donations from municipal employees -- as a matter of policy both Providence Mayors Angel Taveras and David Cicilline refused donations. Mayor Fung has received nearly $7,000 since taking office from at least ten of the police senior command chain or close relatives.

See Slides, Including Contribution Amounts, BELOW

Cranston Mayor, and 2014 GOP Gubernatorial candidate, Allan Fung

The Cranston Police learned Thursday they will be the subject of a State Police investigation following a parking ticket incident in November which saw residents in the districts of two City Councilors who opposed a proposed labor contract -- Steven Stycos and Paul Archetto -- hit with hundreds of tickets the day following the council vote.

"I can't comment to the donations given to Mayor Fung. I believe a person can contribute to whomever the want, that's up to them," said Archetto. "The police contributed $500 to my campaign -- I think that's one of the reasons they lashed out at me. I allow people to donate of course, but that doesn't mean they own me."

While several officers gave amounts to Mayor Fung ranging from $25 to several hundred dollars over the past five years, the contributions of several Lieutanants and family members have added up to the thousands, including the wife of one captain who has given at least $2,300 since Fung took office.

Ticketing Incident Investigation Widens - State Police Investigating

Cranston Police headquarters.

"I walked out the front door and saw tickets on cars across the street," Councilman Stycos told GoLocal, of when he realized that something might be up. "It stood out because I hadn't seen any cars ticketed before -- and in fact, I'd had trouble having police ticket cars.

Stycos continued, "I was surprised that there were 2 across the street, then I talked to Paul, and we realized something might be up. When we voted, we knew of course [the police] were angry. Word got out quickly that night how we voted."

On Thursday, Stycos and Archetto introduced a resolution at the Council requesting the State Police take over an internal investigation being conducted by the Cranston Police -- and just prior to the meeting, Mayor Fung announced he would be seeking the involvement of the State Police into the matter.

"The Mayor announced at 5:40 PM," said Archetto. "The resolution was drafted days ago and placed on the agenda, so he knew what we were going to do, and when we were going to do it. That's his call, I'm glad he did it."

Archetto added, "The Cranston police have been investigating for 8 weeks. It's hard for me to believe that the caliber of these men, who are trained investigators, that they haven't come to a conclusion. There's a lot of friendships there, it's better that we have an outside agency."

In addition to internal investigation, Mayor Fung has called of an outside consultant from New Jersey to review the Cranston police findings. It i

"We hold the purse strings," said Archetto. "It wasn't hired until we consented, which we never did, so we can stop the investigation. There hasn't been a vote, it's pending."

As for next steps, Archetto said the council would more forth with consideration of its resolution. "We're going to proceed, and discuss the reasons for it. It will be passed in union with the executive branch. It's good that the Mayor, and council are proceeding together on this."

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Fourth quarter fundraising for 2013 closed on December 31; candidates are required to file the reports with the Board of Election by January 31.  

 

Related Slideshow: Cranston Police Contributions to Allan Fung

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Lt. Stephen Antonucci

12 contributions from Vito Antonucci, City of Providence, Public Properties Division, Chepachet RI. Made from 2008-13 total of $825.

  • 6/16/08 $100
  • 7/28/08 $150
  • 7/28/08 $150
  • 8/22/08 $50
  • 8/22/08 $50
  • 9/20/08 $100
  • 9/20/08 $100
  • 3/07/09 $100
  • 5/18/09 $100
  • 9/13/11 $100
  • 9/29/13 $100

 

8 Contributions from Michelle Antonucci, 60 Pine Ridge Drive, Cranston (PayChex Inc. of EP as employer).  Made from 2008-2013 for $1,060.

  • 6/19/08 $100
  • 8/06/08 $150
  • 8/06/08 $150
  • 9/23/08 $50
  • 9/23/08 $50
  • 4/16/09 $200
  • 10/26/10 $60
  • 10/03/13 $500

 

2 Contributions from Gail Antonucci, 119 Woodview Drive, Cranston (Homemaker)

  • 6/18/08 $100
  • 5/18/09 $100

 

contributions from Kevin Antonucci, 70 Garden Hills Drive, Cranston (City of Cranston)

  • 7/28/08 $150
  • 7/28/08 $150
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Lt. Alan Loiselle

9 Contributions in name of Alan Loiselle, 20 Eastgate Drive, Warwick (City of Cranston as employer)

  • 6/5/08 $186.83 (In-kind, listed as “Hardware and supplies for headquarters”)
  • 6/16/08 $200
  • 6/23/08 $53.37 (In-kind, see above)
  • 7/28/08 $150
  • 7/31/08 $133.36 (In-kind, “Building materials and supplies”)
  • 5/18/09 $100
  • 9/16/08 $127.12 (In-kind, “Building equipment and supplies”)
  • 8/30/10 $100
  • 10/24/10 $50

 

1 Contribution from Robert Loiselle, Loiselle Insurance Agency, Pawtucket.

  • 10/29/08 $100

 

1 Contribution from Martin Loiselle, retired, 180 Potters Ave., Cranston.

  • 6/16/08 $100
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Lt. Carl R. Ricci

7 contributions from a Carl R. Ricci, 76 Northview Ave. Cranston (Phred’s Drugs as employer)

  • 8/20/09 $300
  • 8/30/10 $100
  • 10/30/09 $125
  • 2/25/10 $150
  • 2/23/11 $150
  • 2/21/12 $150
  • 2/21/13 $150

 

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Captain Sean Carmody

2 contributions from Sean P. Carmody, 129 Allens Ave. Cranston (City of Cranston employer)

  • 9/21/08 $100
  • 10/08/08 $200

10 contributions from Melissa Augaitis, 10 Basil Crossing, (Employer, Perspectives Corporation)

  • 6/16/08 $200
  • 3/26/09 $100
    2/25/10 $300
    8/30/10 $250
    10/17/10 $200
    2/23/11 $200
    2/29/12 $150
    6/3/13 $250
    6/25/13 $250
    9/29/12 $500

1 contribution from Maureen Carmody, same address, no employer

  • 7/28/08 $100

 

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Chief Marco Palombo

4 Contributions in name of Michelle Palombo, 4 Jennifer Circle, Cranston (homemaker)

  • 9/18/08 $50
  • 9/13/11 $150
  • 6/25/13 $200
  • 7/22/13 $200
 
 

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Comments:

Another anti-Fung story from Kate with sketchy numbers. So over 5 years ten cops gave a total of 7,000? By my math, that's $140 a year. Looks like they gave more to the city councilmen.

Allan is a great mayor and while we may not like the speed of things, I trust him. I heard on the radio that the police guys are coming on the Cianci show today with emails from these councilmen telling them to crack down. Playing innocent? Something smells fishy.

Comment #1 by Ron Gonzales on 2014 01 10

Typical RI politician who takes money from union members and union officials and then rewards them with a nice fat union contract. Pay to play is alive in Cranston. Maybe they will give a nice fat contract to the crossing guards again. Laffey must be watching all of this and getting sick to his stomach.

Comment #2 by Marrisa Leesberg on 2014 01 10

Yes Ron, something defintely smells fishy but your looking at the wrong fish.

Comment #3 by Patrick Boyd on 2014 01 10

A rather confusing and poorly written article: The lead suggests that the mayor may be in cahoots with the police regarding the recent scandal. But his actions indicate completely to the contrary. Fung has chosen to remain as distant and professional as possible. And by bringing in the state police, he eliminates the bias present in an internal investigation. So where is this author drawing a connection between the two? It sounds pretty strained to me.

Comment #4 by Kevin Quinn on 2014 01 10

Other than accepting contributions (relatively small over 5 years) from municipal workers I don't see any major issue here.

For those who believe Cicilline and his clone Angel Taveras don't take contributions from city workers get real; have you ever heard of wives, sons/daughter's, in-laws, etc? They ALL accept contributions in one form or another that's just the reality.

Comment #5 by Walter Miller on 2014 01 10

Here we go again with the GoLocalBlock campaign articles trying to confuse people about the integrity of a damn good mayor. He has done some great things in Cranston and to make a bunch of donations ranging from $25- $100 (made for the most part by the family members of the listed police officers) an issue is pretty lame. I wish the Mayor wouldn't take contributions from these people just to save himself the grief from dumb articles like this. Write an article about it when there are a bunch of max donors in high appointed positions. Until then it's a non-issue.

Comment #6 by Rhodey Rhodes on 2014 01 10

Kevin, the incident occurred in November and was really brought to light in the middle of December. Fung's initial attempt at doing something was to hire somebody to come in and review the investigation that the CPD was conducting on itself. First of all, if you believe that the CPD wouldn't do their best to cover this up then I've got a bridge to sell you. Second the ONLY thing the "investigator" that Fung was bringing in would do would be to review the findings. He would not do any investigating. Really? We need to bring somebody in to REVIEW an investigation? A search on google for this investigator brought up NOTHING!! Not even a website. A few days ago Paul Archetto and Steve Stycos made it known that at the next council meeting, they were going to ask for and investigation by the state police. Now Fung decides that he wants to bring in the state police? He should have called in the state police in November!!!! "pretty strained" my a$$. Don't be naive.

Comment #7 by Patrick Boyd on 2014 01 10

Those campaign donations had no influence on Fung stonewalling the ticket investigation - said no one

Comment #8 by Odd Job on 2014 01 10

On last thing Kevin, when your police department is involved in a scandal and you're in the process of running for higher office the LAST thing you should do is keep your distance.

Comment #9 by Patrick Boyd on 2014 01 10

This is where I am confused: The Mayor of a city who is a republican, allegedly the party unwilling to work with unions and get anything done, crosses the aisle and tries to do what is best for the people and the city. Now that he has reached a compromise that is beneficial to the city and the people he is criticized for what…doing his job? Let's be real, this article is bias and presents no legitimate information.

Comment #10 by Evan Gillissie on 2014 01 10

Considering the small amount of donations from cops, it would behoove Fung to simply refuse contributions from them in the future just to avoid any sense of impropriety. At this point, everyone in RI knows that cops are out to get everything they can. In the cities and bigger towns, they hold up the politicians (and in turn, taxpayers) for unaffordable contracts. In the suburbs, where crime is practically nonexistent, they hide in the bushes to extract every dollar from residents to pay salaries for positions that are barely needed. Respect is in short supply these days. The sense of being fleeced at every turn is the feeling at hand We only have a million people. We only need one tightly controlled police force. When are we going to stop fleecing ourselves?

Comment #11 by Pam Thomas on 2014 01 10

No wonder Fung FINALLY brought the State Police in, because of a few union kool-aid drinking cops who thought thwy could get back at city councilmen who opposed their contract, this could now bite Fung in the ass.

Comment #12 by Mark St. Pierre on 2014 01 10

You people don't get it, just the mere appearance of impropriety is the issue. We are talking about police officers and their union head donating thousands of dollars and there are people here trying to sugar coat this. These people don't give money without strings attached that is why it should have never been accepted. This is highly improper. This entire event has been mismanaged, poorly handled, and quite frankly a circus! This Mayor has finally woke up and smelled the coffee after almost 2 months! This is Linc Chafee leadership! Get a clue! Watch as the State Police come in and do a real investigation.

Comment #13 by Marie Dawn Christie on 2014 01 10

We need Brendan Doherty to run for Governor! A man who has handled the RI State Police vs a guy who can't run the local police. To me that is an easy choice.

Comment #14 by Scott Dickerson on 2014 01 10

Yawn, shrug, meh!

Fung received campaign contributions from some police officers. As long as individuals willingly contribute their own money, who cares?

"Grand Theft Auto" Cicciline and "Dark" Angel Taveras do not need contributions from unions -- they are Democrats, and the public sector unions have no problems rallying their troops to knock and doors and drop flyers for their candidates.

Comment #15 by Arthur Schaper on 2014 01 10

Here we go with the PC "mere appearance of impropriety" BS. Except of course when it pertains to The One, a.k.a President Obama.

Four people lost their lives needlessly in Libya solely because he and Secretary of State Clinton completely ignored repeated requests for additional security, the IRS racked any any group that showed the slightest conservative ideology over the coals AND the NAS has everyone's phone records.
These incidents blow right past"mere appearances of impropriety"!
Let's get real folks.

Comment #16 by Walter Miller on 2014 01 10

regarding the ticket mess. it does not take a rocket scientist to see that something is very, very wrong here.

selective enforcement by any officer of the law is unacceptable and a very serious offense. there is no officer discretion or officer judgement. these people were clearly targets.

its like you have 3 guys robbing a bank. one is a nice guy so we will let him go, the others we can throw the book at them.

this reflects very poorly on all police officers in Cranston.

heads need to roll on this and I hope they do.

this behavior was way out of line and as many will see, a pretty stupid thing to do. I mean , do you actually think you are going to get away with this?

Comment #17 by john paycheck on 2014 01 10

Walter gets the prize for taking a local issue and trying to compare it to a national issue. If you can't argue the facts, deviate.

BTW, Walter, are you Killary Klinton?

Comment #18 by Patrick Boyd on 2014 01 11

Geez, here we go again lets just blame Pres. Obama for all our problems. Yup, GoLocalProv is the place to solve Libya, IRS, NAS, and any other national BS issues. get over it and get real !

Comment #19 by Mark St. Pierre on 2014 01 12

So we're concerned about $7,000.00 from cops to Fung, but not over $300,000.00 to Raimondo from Law firms, securities & investment firms, banks and real estate.

How much state money did she put into these investment companies?

Comment #20 by Wuggly Ump on 2014 01 15

If the returns on the investments are acceptable such that they close the unfunded Pension gap, Raimondo should have given them more. Closing the pension liability gap is the most important thing, not who gets the money.

Comment #21 by Pam Thomas on 2014 01 15




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